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Golden point debate back again

AAP logoAAP 1/08/2016 By Scott Bailey and Ben McKay

Another golden point game, another inevitable debate about the NRL's extra-time system with leading skippers Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith taking opposite sides.

Cronulla captain Gallen called for the concept to be scrapped on Tuesday morning, less than 12 hours after the Sharks' winning streak ended with an 18-18 draw against the Gold Coast on Monday night.

"The only solution is to get rid of it," Gallen told Sky Sports Radio's Big Sports Breakfast.

"If you want to play extra time, play the extra five minutes each way.

"If you can kick a field goal, kick a field goal.

"At the end of that 10 minutes if you win 11-10, then you win. But if you score a try, then that's a golden try."

Monday night's draw was the second of the 2016 season and just the sixth since the start of 2010.

Each side missed a number of field goal chances, with charge-downs becoming the name of the game in the extra-time period.

Both coaches complained post-match about the unwillingness of referees to blow penalties for offside and Gallen also agreed with them on Tuesday morning.

However Melbourne, Queensland and Australian captain, Cameron Smith, said he was happy with the way golden point matches had been officiated this season, arguing he didn't want to see a change from referees.

"As long as referees keep that consistent over every game and every team then you won't get any complaints from me," he said.

"That's just the way the game is at the moment.

"Referees are very hesitant to blow their whistle in golden point. Would you like to be the deciding factor in a golden point game?"

The NRL has this season introduced a mandatory 10-minute extra-time period for drawn finals matches this season, before then reverting to golden point if scores are still tied.

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